Book Discussion on A New Literary History of America

Greil Marcus and Werner Sollors talked about the book they edited, A New Literary History of America (Belknap Press of Harvard University… read more

Greil Marcus and Werner Sollors talked about the book they edited, A New Literary History of America (Belknap Press of Harvard University Press; September 23, 2009). With their collection of over two hundred essays from numerous contributors, they examine American history through the lens of literature. The subjects of the essays range from Ben Franklin’s letters and George Washington’s farewell address to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. But aside from examining compositions that contain the written word, its subjects include war memorials, jazz, museums, comic strips, film, radio, musicals, skyscrapers, cybernetics, and photography. After their opening remarks, Greil Marcus and Werner Sollors responded to questions from the panelists and members of the audience. Professor Bhabha, the moderator, and Harvard University Press executive editor Lindsay Waters also made opening remarks. 

Greil Marcus is the author of numerous books, including The Dustbin of History and The Shape of Things to Come.

Werner Sollors is an English literature and African American studies professor at Harvard University. He is the author of Ethnic Modernism and Neither Black nor White yet Both. close

*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.

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  • Glenda R. Carpio Professor Harvard University->English and African and African American Studies
  • Lizabeth Cohen Professor Harvard University->History
  • Alexander Keyssar Professor Harvard University->Kennedy (J.F.) School of Government
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  • Werner Sollors Professor Harvard University->English Literature and African American Studies
  • Judith Tick Distinguished University Professor Northeastern University->Music Department
  • Lindsay Waters Executive Editor Harvard University Press->Humanities
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Book Discussion on A New Literary History of America

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Nov 1, 2009
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  • Nov 01, 2009 | 8:59am EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Jan 10, 2010 | 12:56pm EST | C-SPAN 2
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